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LIVE Tampa Bay brings state leaders together to fight opioid crisis

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State and local leaders will join James Beard chef Jesse Schenker Thursday for its inaugural Regional Leaders Luncheon to End Overdoses.

Opioid deaths cost the region an average of $25.8 billion in economic output and resulted in a total estimated fatality cost of $14.2 billion for the Tampa Bay region, and 75% of those who fatally overdose are prime-aged workforce members.

Local leaders set to attend include:

• President and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership Bemetra Simmons

• St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch

• Pinellas County Commissioner Pat Gerard

• State Rep. Jackie Toledo

More information about the event can be found here.

– Kelsey Sunderland, Extensive Enterprises Media

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